Milagro Receives Grants Totaling $59,040

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Milagro Receives Grants Totaling $59,040

In June and July 2014, Miracle Theatre Group aka Milagro, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, was awarded two grants totaling $59,040 in operating & project support for Milagro's 31st season.

On July 14, 2014, the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) awarded Milagro a general operating grant of $40,000 to support its 2014-15 season. This extraordinary grant will allow Milagro to maintain its home production schedule and touring programs, advance experimental programming, better serve the people of Oregon, and strategically plan for the future of the organization.

The OAC was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. The Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, visit http://www.oregonartscommission.org/.

On July 7, 2014, Milagro also received a $18,040 operating grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to support its 31st anniversary season of works celebrating risk-taking and creativity.

Embarking on its 31st season in 2014-15, Milagro has a strong history of serving its large and diverse community with unique, culturally specific programming. The organization has increased its investment in artistic creation; strengthened the governance and fundraising capacity of its board of directors; revamped its fundraising, financial and information management systems to industry standards; and expanded its endeavors in local arts education.

RACC receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. RACC provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through workplace giving; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; and provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists. For more information, visit http://racc.org/

Finally, on June 27, 2014 the Carpenter Foundation awarded Milagro a $1,500 grant to support a two-day bilingual arts residency at Crater High in Jackson County, Oregon. Milagro is in the midst of a three-year plan to expand and improve its touring & arts education programming. The grant from the Carpenter Foundation allows Milagro to continue to bridge cultural divides by providing high quality bilingual arts education to underserved students in Jackson County.

The Carpenter Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1958 by Alfred & Helen Carpenter to add opportunity, choice, inclusiveness, enrichment, and a climate for change for those living in the Rogue Valley. The Foundation works in partnership with a myriad of nonprofit organizations, making grants in four areas: human services, education, the arts, and public interest issues. For more information, visit http://www.carpenter-foundation.org/.

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